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Week Twenty-Six : March 2-5

March 3, 2020 by Shayna Byrd

Good morning!

I wanted to send out a quick shout out to all the families that came to chat with your 7th graders about life in middle school. We had awesome attendance and I heard some pretty great conversations. 

7th Reading – This week we are continuing to move through The Outsiders.  The class has been working hard on their habits of discussion and identifying narrative elements. After spring break, the class will participate in a whole group paideia seminar, so it is important to practice their discussion and debate skills now. 

7th Writing – In writing, we are starting a new narrative, A Day in the Life of…. With this students will use ideas to come up with their own object to “be” in this fun, creative narrative story.

8th Reading – We are continuing with To Kill a Mockingbird this week. As we get further along with the novel, the class is beginning to see deeper into the characters and realize that their first impressions may not have been as accurate as they expected. I am loving the discussions this group has had as they delve through the story, they are not afraid to speak up or share their thoughts, even if they go against the grain. 

8th Writing – We have many fun writing activities planned for this week that they class will be able to show off their narrative writing skills. This is a super creative class that thrives on each other’s writing and ideas. I’m excited to see what they come up with! Wednesday, we will also finish up this quarter’s MAP testing for the english language arts portion. 

Projects- This week we are starting our World War I studies. We will read, watch videos and explore slides explaining the MAIN causes of the war which include: militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism. Students will become familiar with the involved nations by coloring a map identifying the Allied Powers, the Central Powers, and the main neutral countries. We will also read President Woodrow Wilson’s August 1914 Appeal for Neutrality speech and summarize it into their own words. By the end of the week, the US will have joined WWI with soldiers in the trenches. 

Here are a couple photos from last week’s FFA day. I am so proud of how well the kids involved in this program (many of which are from our class) shared their knowledge and excitement for their animals and connections to agriculture.